January 20, 2012 Subject:
Just watched this video because I am writing a dissertation on automation. Very informative and offers a great insight into how factories operated in the 1950s.
May 8, 2011 Subject:
This is Awesome-ation
Don't be put off by the lack of stills for this film, or people with a gnat's attention span telling you it is boring, this really is a fab half hour of cinema...
For 'pitch' think of something like 'How the Textile Industry is Modernising' but lightened up a bit & more fun.
The variety of processes and products shown is superb and ranges from Pretzels to Starter Motors, all whizzing about on the sort of huge looping roller conveyor lay-outs it'd be fab to have around the house! All sorts of machines are depicted from mills, lathes, presses, to the infamous Pretzel twister, and the film whistles along at a jolly pace that has you wondering what sort of "How its Made" shenanigans are coming next.
Perhaps the only dry element to this film are a couple of productivity bar charts aiming to show how manual materials handling gives way to automated production and higher output. Forget the logic and just look at the graphics, they're over soon enough and we're back to all manner of machines stamping, pressing, milling and other visually interesting, rhythmic 'ker-chunka' sounding processes.
As someone who has bought old 1950s books on Electricity & Productivity and it's effects on Materials Handling, Higher Productivity & Process Integration [production lines], purely for the groovy old pictures, I whole-heartedly recomment this film whether you want to just watch it or learn from it.
December 20, 2008 Subject:
This is too long. lol
Though too long, this film is an excellent overview about why YOU, and yes, I'm talking to you, should take your company into automation. Step by step is explained in detail.. It's somewhat boring, but at least they have great shots of things being made. From cookies to lightbulbs. No complaints about that here at all.
October 30, 2008 Subject:
Very good quality encoding!
Wonderful scenes of mid-century food processing plus some great diagrams explaining the concepts of automation.
By the way, the MPEG4 encoding on this new batch of films is terrific, I was able to convert to Quicktime for easy editing using After Effects and the quality was superb...
September 23, 2008 Subject:
A look at American manufacturing in 1955
Made by or for the General Electric Apparatus Sales Division in 1955 to promote their manufacturing automation applications.
Breaks down the levels of automation in manufacturing, from totally manual, through partial mechanization, to the totally automated factory "far in the future".
Shows examples of automated manufacturing of:
Automotive engine blocks and pistons
Fluorescent lamp starters, including testing
Automotive (ignition coil) condensers, including testing
Milk carton filling
Some tacky 1950's designs in the molded chair
Pretzel tying machine, this alone is worth the download
Jet engine parts
"Record/play" numerical control "Selsyn" and
Punch cards - forerunners of today's computer aided manufacturing systems.
All and all, an interesting look into the manufacturing processes of the 1950's.
Some jumpy sound but otherwise good quality on the H.264 encoding.